Your Guide to Passing Inspection | Columbia, MD | AutoStream Car Care Center

How to Pass Maryland State Inspection

Preparing for Your Safety Check

Taking time out of your routine to handle your vehicle’s safety inspection can be frustrating. What’s even worse is having to do it multiple times because your car failed! If you don’t pass your Maryland state inspection the first time, you’ll have to fix the problems with your car and retest. We don’t need to tell you what an inconvenience that is. AutoStream Car Care Center wants to help drivers that visit our shop in Columbia pass their safety check the first time to save time, stress, and money. Here are a few tips from our team to help you prepare for your next annual inspection!

If you want to pass your Maryland state inspection the first time, you need to know that your car meets all the requirements. Familiarize yourself with what your car will be checked for ahead of time. You can find a list of all testing requirements and more information with the Motor Vehicle Administration.

Here’s a brief overview of what will be checked, but this is not a comprehensive list. Ensure these systems are working properly and that parts are in good condition before your inspection to avoid retesting!

Steering System

  • Steering Wheel
  • Steering Column
  • Rack & Pinion
  • Power Steering
  • Road Test


  • Wheel Alignment
  • Shocks & Struts


  • Stopping Distance
  • Pads, Drums, & Discs
  • Parking/Emergency Brake

Fuel System

  • Ignition System
  • Battery
  • Fuel Tank
  • Leaks
  • Accelerator


  • Dashboard Warning Lights
  • Head, Tail, Reverse, Brake, & Parking
  • High Beams & Fog Lights

Mirrors & Windows

  • Windshield Wipers
  • Windshield Condition
  • Rearview Mirrors

Are all of these parts on your car working and in good condition? If not, AutoStream Car Care Center in Columbia, Maryland can provide fast repairs to ensure you’re ready to pass your state inspection.

Written by Doug Grills